Offers Cat Influenced Lessons on How to Live a Joyful and Inspired Life,
In Brand New Book
Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style
“Ingrid King brings us closer to understanding the everyday reality of cats and, finally, what we can learn about our own lives through better appreciating theirs.” – Jackson Galaxy, Host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell”
- The Benefits of Stretching;
- 7 Habits of Happy Cats and Humans;
- The Value of Doing Nothing;
- How to be Content;
- When Work Becomes Play;
- Take Time for Yourself;
- Random Acts of Kindness; and
- Accepting What Is.
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
From the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes—the inspiration for the PBS documentary—comes a paradigm-shifting bond-based approach to strengthening our connection with our four-legged best friends.
Dogs are social geniuses, second only to humans in their ability to read and understand emotion. Jennifer Arnold understands this better than anyone, having spent the past 25 years training service dogs for people with disabilities at her non-profit organization, Canine Assistants. She is a pioneer in the emerging field of "bond-based" teaching, and her methods are causing a sea change in the dog world. Arnold believes that obedience training and commands like "sit," "stay," and "heel" are unnecessary and counterproductive-- they're actually the root of anxiety and behavior problems in our dogs. Instead, she maintains that only one thing is necessary for a successful relationship with your dog: a secure bond.
Arnold's methodology, Bond-Based Choice Teaching (R), is based on the latest in canine neuroscience. It holds that dogs are social learners, and once they've bonded with us they become experts at reading our signals, and can learn to make good decisions for themselves. Arnold's signature "teach don't train" philosophy leaves outdated reward and punishment methods behind in favor of a model that will revolutionize your relationship with your dog.
PRAISE FOR ARNOLD’S THROUGH A DOG’S EYES
“Transformative . . . [Arnold] shares her methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. . . . Along
the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods
and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know. Engagingly written
with a perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy
tribute to our canine friends.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience—her insights into working with dogs are hard-won after years of close interaction. … The author’s storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative-reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Through vivid, memorable, moving stories, Jennifer Arnold provides a scientific argument for what dog lovers everywhere already know: Dogs love, dogs trust, dogs
sense, dogs feel. And they deserve to be treated accordingly. This book’s message
is simply the truth."
— Sara Gruen, author ofWater for Elephants
“There can be no doubt Jennifer Arnold knows her stuff when it comes to training dogs.”
—THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSITUTION
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED by Jennifer Arnold
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Richard C. Francis’s DOMESTICATED: Evolution in a Man-Made World [W. W. Norton & Company; July 19, 2016; $17.95 paperback].
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Wombacher, a San Francisco Bay Area–based dog trainer, has seen too many dog owners feel forced to choose baby over dog and has created a doable process to make this difficult choice unnecessary. And yes, doable means that the busiest of expectant parents can easily incorporate these practices pre-birth.
An estimated 40 percent of American households, or 75 million, are now home to at least one dog. As the social status of dogs had changed (and let’s get real, they’ve transitioned from the backyard to the bedrooms of most homes over the past 50 years) there is an increasing body of information that illustrates the many health benefits of a loving relationship with man’s best friend.
Studies show that children who have dogs are less narcissistic and possess greater, authentic self-esteem and empathy than children who don’t. Children with dogs tend to be more active and are less likely to suffer from chronic childhood obesity. When well-integrated, dogs and children make fantastic companions.
The only tears that should come with welcoming a baby into the home should be tears of joy – not tears associated with a difficult decision that could have been prevented especially if the owners had access to a series of simple strategies designed to prepare the dog for the new arrival. In Good Dog, Happy Baby, Wombacher lays out a twelve-step process that will give families the skills they need to navigate this new era of their lives. These skills include:
- How to evaluate your dog and identify potential problems long before your child arrives
- How to resolve common behavioral problems such as barking, counter surfing, object guarding, door crashing, jumping up, overprotectiveness, fearfulness, separation anxiety, and much more.
- How to be sure your dog understands his place in the pack.
- How to teach your dog to build positive associations with the presence of your child, while at the same time to exhibit acceptable behaviors and to become more closely integrated into your pack. (continued)
- How to avoid fostering a competitive dynamic between your dog and your new baby.
- How to decide if a dog’s dangerous behavioral problems are so severe that you should consider rehoming.
“From a great deal of practical experience, I know that the actions outlined in Good Dog, Happy Baby work. The essential trick is taking the time to do them — sooner rather than later, ” Wombacher says.
Dog trainer Michael Wombacher has performed tens of thousands of private behavioral consultations. He also lectures, teaches classes, runs a small boarding and training operation, and trains other trainers. His approach focuses on working with, rather than overriding, a dog’s natural drives and instincts. He lives in Oakland, California. His website is www.gooddoghappybaby.com.
Atglen, PA—Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Senior Dogs Across America by Nancy LeVine. Anyone who has ever loved a dog, young or old, will warm to this stirring tribute to our best animal friends. Award-winning photographer Nancy LeVine has traveled the length and breadth of America—from Kauai to Martha’s Vineyard, from Seattle to Natchez—to meet and photograph some of our most endearing senior canine citizens. These gallant companions ride on our tractors, doze on our couches, happy to be in our company. They remind us of the best in ourselves, and as they lose their vigor and youth, they reflect our own inevitable aging with
courage and calm. Nancy’s photographs perfectly capture the enduring appeal of these elderly dignified beings in the places where they belong—all across
America. As “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, says, “These images can make you laugh, cry, and simply feel the nobility of elder dogs.” Nancy LeVine is an award-winning photographer who has traveled worldwide on a variety of assignments. Her project “Senior Dogs Across America” has
been featured on The Today Show and a number of blogs around the world, including the New York Times LENS Blog, BBC, and Lens Culture. The Bark magazine has presented this work. A solo show of these photographs opened at the Houston Center for Photography in 2012. Nancy completed her MA
degree at NYU/ICP. She currently works on assignment in New York and Seattle.
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of highquality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal,
and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children.
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Size: 12” x 9”
Illustrations: 84 color photos
Page Count: 128 pp
Binding: hard cover
Price: $29.99Advanced Praise for Senior Dogs Across America:
Photographer Nancy LeVine shares portraits of
endearing elderly canines in her new book Senior
Dogs Across America—which remind us of the
lessons that are often learned with some age.
These images never cease to put a smile on my
face and bring tears to my eyes. Like with any good
portrait, the personalities of these elderly dogs
shine through each frame.
—Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot
Nancy’s extraordinary images result from her
ability to connect with each subject to elicit a
personal response as well as her very insightful
choice of the environment for each portrait.
The result is an image with both very appealing
aesthetics and very strong content.
—Frazier King, Board Member, Houston Center
According to one doctor, the secret to life is this:
“Look for the moments that are right in front of you.”
The doctor in this case treats horses, goats, cows, pigs, snakes, dogs, cats, skunks, geese, ostriches, chickens, reindeer, monkeysand any other animal that comes his way in the small, dusty farming and ranching community of Lamesa, Texas. Dr. Bo Brock, DVM owns a thriving multispecies veterinary clinic in a town that holds 9,207 humans. He shares his unique perspective on life through a witty, sometimes teary lens in his debut book, Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere (June, 2016; Greenleaf Book Group; $17.95; 284 pages; Trade Paper; ISBN: 978-1-62634-264-4).
Dr. Brock has treated tens of thousands of animals for over 25,000 people who came from 750 different zip codes. He may indeed be in the middle of nowhere, but his waiting room is crowded. And it’s worth the wait.
He shares wisdom, insights, and just plain-old funny stories for animal lovers, rural Americans, and anyone looking to see the lighter side of life. Dr. Brock describes his book as “the story of being a veterinarian on the edge of the earth and loving it.”
Readers will howl through the funny parts and weep through the touching pages. His unique perspective and tales of doctoring beloved pets and cantankerous owners will make you smile, laugh, cry and evoke every emotion under the sun.
The book is as much about people as it is about animals. “All we hear about in the news is the bad stuff,” says Dr. Brock. “I want to give Americans something to smile about with my book.” In some ways, he doctors up people as he heals and looks after their animals.
Dr. Brock’s passion is equine medicine and he is well known across four states for doctoring everything from expensive race horses to every day ranch horses and every kind of horse in between, performing approximately 1,000 equine surgeries per year.
He takes a walk through life and brings you along with him. This book is a series of moments that shares the perspective of a small-town veterinarian as he reacts to all things while taking care of critters and tending to their owners
Though Dr. Brock’s easy-to-read book holds the values of rural America close to heart, it is filled with poignant stories that appeal to everyone, especially animal lovers. His stories run the gamut of emotions from lump-in-your-throat tears to laugh-out-loud screams. It’s a wholesome book with a positive outlook on life, written by a veterinarian of 25 years who has witnessed life, death and everything in between.
An earlier version of the book, as a self-published title, rose to No. 5 on Amazon’s humor and best-seller list. It won the 2015 Chicago Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival Grand Prize.
Dr. Bo Brock, DVM, loves animals. He should – he’s treated more of them than there are residents in a tiny farming and ranching Texas community where he serves as the owner of Brock Veterinary Clinic. He purchased the La Mesa, Texas practice in 1992. His goal was to develop an equine-focused practice. He went from treating 96 horses his initial year to seeing roughly 11,000 in 2015. He has a staff of seven.
In 2007, he was voted Equine Practitioner of the Year for the state of Texas. He’s an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University and has taught night classes for a decade. He delivered the 2014 Texas Veterinary A&M commencement speech. He graduated from the same program in 1990, Magna Cum Laude - fourth in his class. Upon graduating, he worked at a mixed-animal practice in Clarendon, Texas and practiced with Dr. Charles Deyhle for a year-and-a-half. He is an active member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and American Quarter Horse Association. He passed the boards and became a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2004 and is one of only 89 members of that distinguished group in the USA.
Dr. Brock was also asked to shoot a television pilot by Animal Planet.
He lives with his wife, Kerri. Their daughters are also going into caring professions – Kimmi, is studying to be a nurse and Abby is studying veterinary medicine at his alma mater Texas A&M.
How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
“A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves.”
“DOG MEDICINE simply has to be your next must-read.”
“Every word in this book is as honest and courageous as any I've ever read, and I've read a lot. I feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to read this book. You will, too.”
—Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter
DOG MEDICINE: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself (Penguin Books; July 19th, 2016; 978-0-14-313001-7; $17.00)captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. At age twenty-two, Julie Barton was living her childhood dream: living in New York City, working at a publishing company, and surrounded by a group of interesting and supportive friends. Yet, a year into her dream life, Julie had a complete breakdown, collapsing on her kitchen floor and barely having the strength to call her mom for help. Within twenty-four hours, Julie was on her way back to Ohio, slipping further into a black hole with seemingly no escape. After weeks of intervening by her parents, psychiatrists, and medication, Julie decided to try a different kind of therapy: bringing home a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker that changed her life forever.
DOG MEDICINE is as raw and unflinching as it is heartwarming. It follows Julie through her difficult relationship with her brother, unhealthy romantic relationships, and the depression that always simmered just below the surface. Bunker helped Julie feel the safety and comfort that she had been waiting for her entire life. With him by her side, she decided to try again at life and love.
Originally published by Think Piece Publishing in November 2015, Penguin Books is thrilled to be bringing Julie Barton and DOG MEDICINE to more readers.
About the Author:
Julie Bartonholds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women's studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.
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How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
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Our canine companions also serve in the line of duty and under fire, whether helping police protect our home turf or accompanying soldiers on missions abroad.
In Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs That Protect and Serve (ages 10+, $12.99), readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion. From Sergeant Stubby, the first dog to be given a rank for his work during WWI, to Spike, who served on more than 100 combat missions in Afghanistan to dogs who serve closer to home at places like Ground Zero, the Seattle Police Department and in airports across the nation, canine heroes are spotlighted in five different sections that detail the various roles dogs have played throughout the years.
Opening with a forward from Ronald L. Aiello, President of the U.S. War Dogs Association, the book also features text boxes with questions that kids would ask paired with answers from military-dog handlers and each section concludes with information on related topics.
"The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover......will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives" -- Booklist
Reviews for PAWS OF COURAGE:
This compact, photo-filled book celebrates service dogs of all kinds as Furstinger profiles more than 20 real-life combat, rescue, police, and tracker dogs, among others. Furstinger explains how various breeds’ physical, behavioral, and biological characteristics enable them to excel. Descriptions of the powerful bonds between service dogs and their handlers, as well as happy service dog retirements, contribute to a lively and touching narrative.
Myriad canines loyally serve in a variety of roles aiding their human companions; National Geographic portrays the efforts of 24 working dogs. The photographs will make this highly appealing to dog lovers who will also find the brief text and short chapters easy to manage.(Nonfiction. 9-14)
The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover. [This book]... addresses a wide range of interests and age levels and will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives.
From the author of Unsaid comes a thrilling story of struggle, redemption, and our devotion to the animals in our lives
By Neil Abramson
“If you love dogs and well-written, suspenseful fiction that is uplifting and will inspire you to open an animal sanctuary, read this lovely novel.”
—Jeffrey Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love,
The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving and Dogs Make Us Human
Praise for UNSAID, Neil Abramson’s debut novel:
“Rarely has a novel captured so movingly the deep bonds between people and the animals
that share their lives.”
“UNSAID is an extraordinary story of animals, afterlife, and the power of love... It will make you remember, rethink, and rejoice in every meaningful relationship you’ve ever had.”
—Garth Stein, author of the bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain
What would you do if they came for your dog? In JUST LIFE (May 10, 2016; Center Street/Hachette Book Group; $26.00), Neil Abramson, whose debut novel Unsaid won rave reviews from critics, booksellers, and readers alike, presents a riveting, thought-provoking roller coaster ride of a novel that asks that very question.
Veterinarian Samantha Lewis and her team are dedicated to providing a sanctuary for unwanted, abused, and abandoned dogs in New York City. But every day it gets harder operate her no-kill shelter. Sam is already at her breaking point when she learns of an unidentified, dangerous virus spreading through their neighborhood. The medical community can only determine that animals are the carriers. Amid growing panic and a demand for immediate answers, suspicion abruptly falls on dogs as the source. Soon the governor is calling in the National Guard to enforce a quarantine--no dog may leave the area.
Samantha knows from her own painful history that, despite the lack of real evidence against the dogs, a quarantine may only be the beginning. As questions about the source of the virus mount and clash with the pressure for a politically expedient resolution, Sam is forced to make life-altering choices. She finds allies in a motley crew of New Yorkers--a local priest, a troubled teen, a smart-mouthed former psychologist, and a cop desperate to do the right thing--all looking for sanctuary from their own personal demons. But the person Sam needs the most to unravel the mystery of the virus and save the dogs is the last one she'd ever want to call on--because contacting him will mean confronting the traumatic past she has fought so hard to escape.
Neil Abramson’s novel is engrossing and nuanced, with finely drawn characters and an intense pace that rolls to an unforgettable conclusion. JUST LIFE’s message of the balance between fear and compassion, memory and forgiveness, and despair and hope will stay with readers long after they’ve finished reading, and will spark serious discussions and debate.
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About the Author:
A partner in a Manhattan law firm, Neil Abramson lives in Westchester County, NY and is married to a veterinarian. He is also a past board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, an award recipient from the ASPCA for his legal work on behalf of animals, and a founding member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Issues Relating to Animals. JUST LIFE is his second novel.
JUST LIFE: A Novel
By Neil Abramson
Publisher: Center Street / Hachette Book Group
Pub Date: May 10, 2016
Also available in audio and eBook